It is believed that detailed information about the event on the ground was given in an Instagram post which said that this man is someone’s cousin. The post stated that the man was riding in a Lyft, which was pulled over for being a broken tail light.
Lyft tweeted that the company confirmed that the incident in the video did not occur while she was riding in a Lyft. Nevertheless, the company said it was in contact with the Georgia NAACP. “[W]E disproportionately stands against racism and unnecessary use of force, ”the tweet said.
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When the police asked the driver for his license, the driver said he did not have it. The officer asked the passenger for his license, and he questioned why he needed to show his license. Officers asked him to get out of the car. It is unclear what the police did before dropping the man to the ground.
Warning: The video footage below contains some visuals and language that may be disturbing and offensive.
In an advice shared by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office after midnight, the sheriff ordered an internal investigation following the video, and the deputy has been placed on leave as a result. Although it is not found in the description of the video, it does refer to the one in question.
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“After becoming aware of a video posted on deputy social media using physical force on a man on social media, Sheriff Victor Hill ordered his entire internal affairs unit to launch an investigation that at 8 p.m. “The sheriff has. The order states that the results of the investigation be kept on pending sub-administrative leave,” the consultant said.
The video capturing the incident shows two cops beating the man on the ground. In one video, filming the woman, the police can be told to turn away from the man. At one point, it sounds like a man is saying that he cannot breathe. One of the officers holding him punches the person in the face.
“F ** k get away from him,” the woman shouts. “Don’t kill him. He said he can’t breathe.”
Another officer rushes to handcuff the man. When the police descend on the man, his face is stained with blood. An officer orders the filming woman to stand back and return to the car.
Other videos captured from the scene reveal more about the incident. At one point, the cop punching the man shouts: “He shook my hand a little bit.” A child can be seen in the back of the car shouting “Daddy” seeing police officers deal with the man.
At the end of the final video, the man can be seen against the hood of a police car as an officer approaches the filming man and asks him to return.
In a statement after the video aired, the Georgia NAACP called for a deputy to be released and said it was in contact with the man’s family.
Newsweek Clayton reached out to the County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
Correction 8:08 pm EST: An earlier version of this story stated that the man with the nail was riding in a Lyft. After this story was published the rideshare company confirmed that the man was not riding a Lyft.
Update 9/12/20: 7:53 PM EST: This story has been updated to include information from the Georgia NAACP.